Ferris women lose to Maryville

ST. LOUIS — The Ferris State University women’s basketball team took the Maryville Saints to the wire in non-league regional action on Saturday, but came up on the short end of a 80-76 decision in St. Louis, Mo.

The host Saints took a five-point lead after the first quarter and held a two-point edge at halftime before eventually outscoring FSU by only two points in the final half.

Maryville earned its seventh win of the campaign by shooting 42 percent overall and hitting 10-of-26 (38.5 percent) three’s against FSU. The Saints went 10-of-17 (58.8 percent) at the line.

FSU got a team-high 21 points from senior guard Alexis Bush along with 16 by junior forward Lilly George.

Fellow junior forward Brayene Benner added 13 points and Jalynn Brumfield contributed 10 points off the bench.

Sophomore guard Shaniya Huggins dished out 10 assists to help the FSU cause with the Bulldogs netting 25 assists overall. FSU also had seven steals and four blocked shots.

Meanwhile, the Bulldogs shot at a 52 percent clip from the floor, but were only two-of-10 (20 percent) from three-point land and 10-of-22 (45.5 percent) at the line.

FSU dropped to 6-4 overall this season with the loss in its first outing since Dec. 8.

Ferris State will resume GLIAC play on the road Thursday (Jan. 3) as FSU visits archrival Grand Valley State for a 6 p.m. league showdown in Allendale.

 

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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